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Thread: Brand new install need serious help for first fill

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    4knights's Avatar
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    Aug 2012
    NE Kansas

    Brand new install need serious help for first fill

    I know it's late in the season (at least in Kansas) but I dig the hole Wed of next week and am installing the pool. I figure it will take a couple days to get all the plumbing, electric done. I need to know what I need for start up/first fill. The pump/filter etc should arrive next Monday so where do I start?
    I know I need a test kit and will order one tonight, since this is a salt water pool the calculator says 261lbs of salt (Really??!!) I was considering using Mineral springs Beginnings for the first fill since we will basically fill the pool with water then have to close within a week due to cold. I am looking for the simplest and cheapest(the pool wasn't free ) way to fill and be on track for next spring. The kids may be brave enough to swim in 50 degree water the first couple of days but not likely.
    Thanks for any help
    Ron- Kansas. IG fiberglass, Riviera 30 Freeform 13600 gallons,
    EasyTouch 4 w/IC20 SWCG, Pentair Whisperflo 1hp, 2 speed 220 pump, Hayward ProGrid 4820 DE filter using Eco Klean instead of DE, 2 Savi Melody 12v 5 color LEDs, Raypack 266k btu millivolt heater, Arctic Armour Mesh custom safety cover (Total self Install) TF-100 test kit w/Magic stir.

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    Jul 2011
    SW MO

    Re: Brand new install need serious help for first fill

    When you get your test kit check your fill water for a baseline. If you fill from a garden hose it will take a while, I kept adding a little bleach to mine so I was always in control of it. Once filled but before the salt is dissolved you'll want to keep some chlorine it, you can use bleach or tabs. If you use tabs keep track so you don't get too much CYA. If PH is out of balance, adjust it after the pool is filled. TA & CH adjustments would come last for me. Because I was putting chlorine in the pool as it was filling I let my preschooler and kindergartener in the pool while it was filling. The well water was in the mid 60's, they loved it. It will be the last time they stand on the bottom for a few years. So far 73 is the lowest temp I've been in it at, takes a little acclimation but after that it's fine for a while. The girls are shivering before I force them out, I'm still okay but then I have more insulation .
    Dan D
    Used 2003 Aqua Leader 27'x52", 17,800 w/10" hopper, SwimPro SW256T 250# sand filter, Hayward PowerFlo LX pump 1hp impellor, Emerson 1 1/2 hp motor, setup Aug 2012 Summer 2011 used Summer Escapes Ring pool 14' x 42", Intex 1600gph sand filter, HTH 6 way test kitTF-100 w/stirrer, Well water @ FC=0, PH=7.2, TA=290, CH=320

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